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2014 EBV and EBV-Families programs kick off at Louisiana State University and Syracuse University

March 6, 2014

2014 EBV and EBV-Families programs kick off at Louisiana State University and Syracuse University

The third annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) will be held at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) will be held at Syracuse University (SU) from March 7 through March 15. The EBV program is designed to train military veterans in all aspects of business ownership:http://vets.syr.edu/education/ebv/. The EBV-F program positions military family members to launch and grow small businesses in a way that is complementary to or enhances family and caregiver responsibilities: http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/programs/families/.

Both the EBV and the EBV-F programs provide cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small-business management needed to make the dream of owning a business a reality. Originally offered by Syracuse University in 2007, EBV has since expanded to include seven major universities across the U.S. EBV-F, which was started at Syracuse University in 2010, has since expanded to include Florida State University. Each session of these programs is offered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans and their families. EBV is geared toward those who have been disabled by their service and EBV-F focuses on family members who act as caregivers to this same population of veterans.

For its 2014 EBV class, LSU will be hosting 20 participants on its Baton Rouge, Louisiana campus. One of LSU’s students, Rob Burke, is from Cicero, New York. Burke was injured while deployed to Iraq in 2008 when he received multiple gunshot wounds while serving as an Infantry officer. As he makes the transition from the military to the civilian world, Burke hopes to “learn skills that will be transferable in the civilian world.” He says, “Being a small business owner will put me in command of my own destiny, but I need the skills to do it. I am confident that EBV will give me that knowledge.”

Monica Escobar, of El Paso, Texas, is an Army spouse turned full-time caregiver. Her husband was severely wounded while deployed to Iraq in 2005. Escobar is excited to be a part of the 2014 SU EBV-F class and notes that “Business ownership has been a long-standing goal” of hers, and with the help of EBV-F she hopes to turn her passion for crafts into a sustainable venture.

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest class of EBV and EBV-F students to our campuses at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA and SU in Syracuse, NY. Both EBV and EBV-F provide invaluable training in the ins and outs of creating an economic path forward for veterans and military family members. Our world-class team of speakers, instructors and entrepreneurs cannot wait to start working with this most deserving population of future business owners,” says the EBV national program manager, Jared Lyon.

For more information on the EBV or the EBV-F programs contact Jared Lyon, national program manager, at 315-443-6007 or jslyon@syr.edu.

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